Seahawks WR Dorsett: Wilson ‘one of the biggest reasons’ he chose Seattle
The newest Seahawks wide receiver, Phillip Dorsett, has caught passes from two of the best quarterbacks in recent memory – Tom Brady and Andrew Luck – so he knows all too well about good quarterback play.
It’s because of elite quarterback play that he signed with the Seahawks in free agency.
“Obviously I’ve been blessed to catch passes from Andrew and Tom, but playing with Russell Wilson is definitely something I’ve dreamed of and he’s someone I’ve always watched and he’s just a magician,” Dorsett said in an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle’s Tom, Jake and Stacy.
Dorsett, 27, was a first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2015 after starring at the University of Miami, where he played with 710 host Jake Heaps. Dorsett told Heaps and co-hosts Tom Wassell and Stacy Rost that the recruitment pitch Seattle gave him was amazing.
“It was just I got calls from (head coach) Pete Carroll, (senior offensive assistant) Sanjay (Lal), he just got there, Russell Wilson and just the pitch, I mean, just to be able to play in Seattle, play with that quarterback, play with those receivers, be a part of that city, it’s something that I really couldn’t turn down,” Dorsett said.
As one would expect, the tone Dorsett heard from the Seahawks was exceptionally positive.
“I mean, you can just tell that they like to have fun up there and it’s just the sort of thing you want to be a part of,” he said. “To see the excitement that they had in their voices, they sounded very genuine, like they really wanted me to be a part of it, and like I said, it’s just something that I didn’t want to turn down.”
Unfortunately, Dorsett is unable to get acclimated with his new teammates and coaching staff due to the coronavirus, which has effectively shut down all NFL facilities. He hopes that when things are safer, he can meet up with Wilson and other receivers to work out.
“Hopefully when we’re able to travel and do some things that can gather us up and we can actually get to work.”
While playing with Brady, arguably the best player in NFL history, Dorsett said he learned something very key about playing receiver in the NFL.
“Just be quarterback friendly,” he said, noting receivers need to build chemistry with quarterbacks and always be where the quarterback expects them to be. “Hopefully I can continue that with Russell because I’m a big worker. I like to work and I like to work out. I want to get as many reps as I can because I feel like if you’re prepared on the practice field, you’ll be prepared on gameday.”
Dorsett ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, the second-best time of all receivers in his class. It’s the same time that current Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf ran at the 2019 combine. Now, he’s catching passes from Wilson, who is one of the best, if not the best, deep ball passers in the league. Dorsett wants to utilize his elite speed in Seattle’s offense.
“That’s one of the biggest reasons why I decided to come,” he said of playing with Wilson. “I’m watching some of the games from last year and I see Russell dropping dimes and just the off-schedule timing of it, he can extend the play and that gives us a chance to make a move and head downfield and he can get it there. I’m definitely excited and I can’t wait to (play).”
While he has top-level speed, Dorsett wants to show he’s a well-rounded receiver as well as a winner.
“Being able to use my speed is something I want to do more and being a route-runner, too,” he said. “I think that I was underutilized as that in the past and I feel like I can get to that in this offense and as a teammate, I just want to win. I’m not a selfish guy at all, that’s just not who I am.”
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